Director of Development Application

HSO Director of Development

JOB TITLE: Director of Development
SALARY: $65,000
The HSO offers a competitive benefits package for its regular, full time employees.

Position Summary:

The Director of Development is primarily responsible for the planning, execution, control and evaluation of all of the organization’s fund development activities. The Director of Development works closely with the CEO, the Trustees, and the Development Committee to enhance and support the overall mission of the organization and to assure that ample unrestricted and program-specific funds are secured. This leader fosters a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization and creates a donor-centered organization that nurtures loyalty through a comprehensive relationship-building program including cultivation and communications.


  • Designing and implementing direct-response fundraising, both mail-based and online
  • Securing annual corporate and individual sponsorships from $1,500 – $50,000 to underwrite concerts and other programs
  • Securing annual gifts from HSO Trustees
  • Identifying, writing, and submitting grant applications in partnership with the General Manager and Director of Finance 
  • Ensuring proper stewardship of donors of all levels
  • Regularly reporting fundraising progress to CEO and Development Committee
  • Maintaining records of donor interactions in the customer relationship management database, currently Spektrix
  • Liaising with key volunteers from the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild to coordinate efforts related to their social fundraising events

The individual is expected to

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge about best practices, trends, ethics, and legal and regulatory considerations in the realm of philanthropy
  • Adhere to a high level of discretion, particularly with regard to confidential donor information
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of the position, to include evening and weekend work as needed
  • Convey a professional and positive image and attitude regarding the HSO and the overall nonprofit sector
  • Demonstrate commitment to continued professional growth and development
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Utilize common web-based office suite products – MS Office, Google Suite, Zoom, Dropbox


The position requires demonstrated experience in managing and implementing a comprehensive fund development program and producing charitable contributions. The individual is expected to have demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money. A bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degrees and/or a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) certification preferred.